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  1. Normalized Exceptions and Totalized Potentials: Violence, Sovereignty and War in the Thought of Thomas Hobbes and Giorgio Agamben.Anna-Verena Nosthoff - 2015 - Russian Sociological Review 14 (4):44–76.
    This study seeks to critically explore the link between sovereignty, violence and war in Giorgio Agamben’s Homo Sacer series and Thomas Hobbes’s Leviathan. From a brief rereading of Leviathan’s main arguments that explicitly revolves around the Aristotelian distinction between actuality/ potentiality, it will conclude that Hobbesian pre-contractual violence is primarily based on what Hobbes terms “anticipatory reason” and the problem of future contingency. Relying on Foucauldian insights, it will be emphasized that the assumption of certain potentialities suffices in leading to (...)
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    Close to Prison. [REVIEW]Ksenia Averkieva - 2015 - Russian Sociological Review 14 (3):175-180.
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    Leibniz on the Division of Sovereignty.Olga Bashkina - 2015 - Russian Sociological Review 14 (3):93-105.
    G. W. Leibniz is usually not regarded as a political philosopher. However, despite this prevailing opinion, Leibniz’ impact on political theory is valuable. The paper discusses Leibniz in the context of the history of the concepts of “sovereignty” and “federation”, and demonstrates that Leibniz presents an original interpretation of these concepts. Even though Leibniz’ attention to the problem of sovereignty is conditioned by the practical interests of his patron, the Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, and Leibniz’ own intentions to participate in international (...)
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    Lectures on Political Right, Delivered at the Ateneo of Madrid. Lecture 2 : On Popular Sovereignty. Cort - 2015 - Russian Sociological Review 14 (3):80-92.
    In the second of ten Lectures on Political Right, delivered in Madrid’s Ateneo in November 29, 1836, Juan Donoso Cortés considers the notion of “popular sovereignty.” Distinguishing mind and will as two parts of human essence, Donoso deduces from the former the “law of the association” that unites all human beings, and from the latter, the “law of the individual,” that separates them. Hence, the main problem for Donoso as a liberal conservative is how to combine these two laws. Donoso (...)
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    Cultural Capital of Russia. [REVIEW]Alexey Kara-Murza - 2015 - Russian Sociological Review 14 (3):161-167.
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    Max Weber as a Researcher of Confucian Ethics.Oleg Kil'dyushov - 2015 - Russian Sociological Review 14 (3):106-112.
    The article is a companion text to the first Russian translation of the fragment of Max Weber’s fundamental study The Religion of China: Confucianism and Taoism. The article presents a brief history of this work first published 100 years ago. Weber’s book is analyzed as an integral part of his study of the genesis of Western rationalism. The author puts the thesis forward that the publication of a theoretical work on Confucianism marks a shift in Weber’s research interest, from the (...)
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    Looking for Rural Modern in Russia. [REVIEW]Oleg Kil'dyushov - 2015 - Russian Sociological Review 14 (3):168-174.
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    What Sociology Have to Say About Monasticism?Ksenia Medvedeva - 2015 - Russian Sociological Review 14 (3):153-160.
    The review analyses the international conference “Christian Monasticism from East to West: Monastic Traditions and Modernity in Europe”, organized in June 2015 by sociologists and theologians from the Universities of Graz, Turin, and Bucharest. The conference initiated a sociological reflection of different monastic traditions, and the role of monasteries in terms of the decline of trust in religious institutions. It raised the question of the dynamics of monasticism as a traditional institution in modern societies, not only in Europe, but also (...)
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    Machine Wars: Machina Humeana.Andrei Nekhaev - 2015 - Russian Sociological Review 14 (3):9-47.
    The main goal of the article is to reconstruct the conceptual bases of the original sociological project contained in David Hume’s Treatise of Human Nature. The core of Humean sociology is a meticulously designed doctrine of passions. The foci of the Humean doctrine of passions are the questions of influences observed between the emotional component of human nature and the multiple forms of human actions. According to David Hume, the faculty of imagination, which operates on ideas, is not by itself (...)
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    Distortions of Self-Descriptions in Unstructured Interviews: Sensitive Situation and Informants’ Self-Justification Strategies.Anton Smolkin - 2015 - Russian Sociological Review 14 (3):64-79.
    The article analyzes the properties of sensitive questions and, more broadly, of sensitive situations in unstructured interviews. Although direct sensitive questions are not typical for unstructured interviews because they can break the flow of communication, there is a quite large class of questions with contextual communicative perspectives that can be correctly considered as conditional/semi-sensitive. In particular, the questions regarding respect for elderly persons are not sensitive enough for informants to avoid answering them, but at the same time, are sufficiently delicate (...)
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    On the Concept of “Federalism” in Socio-Political Theories of Mikhail Bakunin.Andrei Teslya - 2015 - Russian Sociological Review 14 (3):136-152.
    Mikhail Bakunin is considered one of the founders of international anarchism and theoreticians of federalism. This paper explores the transformations of the concept of “federalism” in Bakunin’s works from the end of the 1840s until the last years of his life. According to the conventional understanding of the evolution of Bakunin’s ideas, a crucial shift of theoretical views took place in the second half of the 1860s. During the first years of his participation in the revolutionary European movement, Bakunin expressed (...)
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    When Methodology Beats Techniques; or, Why We Prefer Discourse and Narrative Analysis to Interpret Textual Data.Irina Trotsuk - 2015 - Russian Sociological Review 14 (3):48-63.
    Recently, textual analysis has become quite popular in social sciences in general, and in sociological studies in particular, partly due to the “narrative turn” that emphasizes the textual nature of all social practices and legitimizes their explanations through discourses that constitute social reality and identification models in contemporary society. Though content analysis has long ago proved its methodological and technical relevance to solve sociological questions in providing both qualitative and quantitative data about discursively structured social reality, the modern popularization of (...)
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    Confucian Life Orientation.Max Weber & Oleg Kil'dyushov - 2015 - Russian Sociological Review 14 (3):113-135.
    The chapter of Max Weber’s The Religion of China: Confucianism and Taoism analyzes the basic life orientations within Confucian ethics, and their economic implications. The author suggests that since the Chinese civilization had no powerful independent social class of priesthood, its functions were performed by the state bureaucracy. Furthermore, the author points out the absence of natural law and formal juridical logic in Chinese life, which had a significant impact on Chinese legal consciousness. In the main part of the chapter, (...)
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    Political Romanticism One Hundred Years After: A Look From the Past to the Future. [REVIEW]Maria Yurlova - 2015 - Russian Sociological Review 14 (3):181-189.
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    Lectures on Political Right, Delivered at the Ateneo of Madrid. Lecture 1 : On Society and Government. Cort - 2015 - Russian Sociological Review 14 (2):31-40.
    In the first “Lecture on Political Right,” which was delivered in Ateneo of Madrid in November 22, 1836, Juan Donoso Cortés formulates “general theory of government” and “special mission of representative government.” Defining government as “social action,” Donoso inextricably binds “the idea of society” and “the idea of government.” Considering society as a collection of individuals linked by certain relationships, Donoso formulates two opposite in its effect laws: “the law of the individual,” which determines the independence and freedom of the (...)
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    Agency and Structure in Social Mobility in the Light of Individualization: Empirical Research Review.Polina Erofeeva - 2015 - Russian Sociological Review 14 (2):107-150.
    The article addresses the issue of empirical investigation of individualization in life-course. The theory of individualization implies that the significance of social structure in individual life-course diminishes, giving way to the agency of personal preferences and skills. Thus, the theory raises an issue of structure-agency dynamics in life-course, and poses a methodological challenge for research design to take both social structualization and individual action into account. Empirical research on individualization varies in how it meets this challenge. The review streamlines the (...)
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    Arendt on Positive Freedom.Alexei Gloukhov - 2015 - Russian Sociological Review 14 (2):9-22.
    Hannah Arendt’s concept of freedom is exceptional in contemporary political theory. First, it is positive, which puts it into opposition to the both current versions of its negative counterpart, the liberal, and the republican concepts of freedom. In particular, a comparison between Arendt’s and Pettit’s approaches allows establishing some striking points of antagonistic logical mirroring. Based on this, the notion of “schools of thought” is introduced, which plays an essential role in the subsequent discussion of Arendtian realism. Second, although Arendt’s (...)
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    The Skill of Utopian Vision: Photojournalism in the Last Soviet Decades.Irina Kaspe - 2015 - Russian Sociological Review 14 (2):41-69.
    The article examines the “utopian reception,” that is, occurrence and reproduction of the common understanding of the utopian. Attention is paid primarily to the visual experience, that is, the “utopian vision,” which means here a special social skill of the perception and interpretation of space as having being assigned the status of 'utopian'. Thus, a certain inertia of vision encourages the observer to link visual materials produced in the Soviet period to the media construct of “Soviet utopia”. Here, two patterns (...)
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    Another Step Toward Academization of the Sociology of Sport. [REVIEW]Oleg Kil'dyushov - 2015 - Russian Sociological Review 14 (2):151-158.
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    German Encyclopedia of Environmentalism. [REVIEW]Alexander Kurakin - 2015 - Russian Sociological Review 14 (2):177-181.
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    Journey From St. Petersburg to Moscow. 222 Years Later. [REVIEW]Tamara Kuznetsova - 2015 - Russian Sociological Review 14 (2):159-168.
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    The Landscape of a Religious Workspace: The Case of a Russian Christian Orthodox Sisterhood.Ksenia Medvedeva - 2015 - Russian Sociological Review 14 (2):70-81.
    In this article, I examine the specifics of a workspace in one of the Christian Orthodox organizations in Russia. The sisterhood which I analyze represents the interlacement of religious and economic discourses in the workplace. I discuss the “commodification” of piety which is seen as a professional competency in the labour relations among Orthodox Christians. It is true about the sisterhood, where being “inchurched” is one of the main filters for potential employees. I examine the “politics of labour” in the (...)
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    Variation on a Theme of Political Theology: “The Book of the Genesis of the Ukrainian People”.Andrei Teslya - 2015 - Russian Sociological Review 14 (2):82-106.
    “The Book of the Genesis of the Ukrainian People” is one of the key documents of modern Ukrainian nationalism. It is the most prominent document of the Cyril and Methodius Brotherhood. After N. I. Kostomarov had been arrested at the end of March 1846, he claimed that the seized document was based on “The Books of the Polish People and of the Polish Pilgrimage” by Adam Mickiewicz. This paper compares these two documents and shows the continuity of the Kostomarov work (...)
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    The First “Lecture on Political Right” by J. Donoso Cortés.Yuriy Vasilenko - 2015 - Russian Sociological Review 14 (2):23-30.
    In the article the basic provisions of the first of ten “Lectures on Political Right” read in Ateneo of Madrid by outstanding Spanish conservative political philosopher of the 19th century Juan Donoso Cortés in 1836–1837s is conceptualized. In this “Lecture” Donoso formulates his own, as he calls it, “the general theory of government” and focuses on “the mission of the representative government,” defending the young Spanish constitutional monarchy, which turned in a vice between two extremes: the liberal bourgeois revolutionary movement (...)
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    Observe and Participate: The Biography of Leading Russian Slavophile. [REVIEW]Maria Yurlova - 2015 - Russian Sociological Review 14 (2):169-176.
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    Beginning, Birth, Action: Augustine and the Political Thought of Hanna Arendt.Irina Dudenkova - 2015 - Russian Sociological Review 14 (1):105-119.
    The paper briefly analyzes the main aspects of the genesis of Arendt’s concept of natality, and the reasons that led her to claim natality as a fundamental concept of political thought. 'Natality' is defined as the “biological” birth of the man in the world, and/or the capacity of beginning something new. If the factual birth is defined naturalistically, it can contradict randomness of action as the capacity of beginning something new. The connection between the two aspects of natality goes back (...)
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    Temporal Semantics of the Word “Obshestvo”.Galina Durinova - 2015 - Russian Sociological Review 14 (1):68-104.
    It would not be an exaggeration to assume that the Begriffsgeschichte studies are now spreading through practically all fields of the Humanities. Its initial proposal was to explore the sociopolitical lexicon as a tool for creating history. It paid attention to the idea of untranslatable concepts in particular languages, despite the fact that they often have the same Latin or Greek roots. But the cases where one word is supposed to convey the meaning of the Latin root by using a (...)
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    The Theater of Political Crisis: Conspiracy as a “Matter of Belief”.Andrey Ignatiev - 2015 - Russian Sociological Review 14 (1):44-67.
    The article discusses various “conspiracy theories,” considering them to be a special frame or paradigm of discourse. This frame considers long-term societal and global trends as consequences of a conspiracy aiming to shift power to its initiators. It has been shown that every “conspiracy theory” presupposes a specific marking of social space that can be viewed as an attachment to the “theatre metaphor.” This specific marking of social space does not occur in private by the founder of the method, but (...)
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    A Simplest Systematics for the Organization of Turn-Taking for Conversation.Gail Jefferson, Andrei Korbut, Harvey Sacks & Emmanuel Schegloff - 2015 - Russian Sociological Review 14 (1):142-202.
    The article is the first Russian translation of the most well-known piece in conversation analysis, written by the founders of CA Harvey Sacks, Emanuel Schegloff and Gail Jefferson. It has become a milestone in the development of the discipline. The authors offer a comprehensive approach to the study of conversational interactions. The approach is based on the analysis of detailed transcripts of the records of natural conversations. The authors show that in the course of the conversation co-conversationalists use a number (...)
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    New Lecture Course on the Sociology of Sport. [REVIEW]Oleg Kil'dyushov - 2015 - Russian Sociological Review 14 (1):299-304.
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    The Map of the Sociology of Law. [REVIEW]Alexander Kondakov - 2015 - Russian Sociological Review 14 (1):286-290.
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    Turn-Talking: Non-Technical Introduction to Conversation Analysis.Andrei Korbut - 2015 - Russian Sociological Review 14 (1):120-141.
    This preface to the translation of Harvey Sacks, Emmanuel Schegloff, and Gail Jefferson’s paper “A Simplest Systematics for the Organization of Turn-Taking for Conversation” discusses the conceptual and methodological foundations of conversation analysis. It shows that conversation analysis, which embodies the program of primitive natural social science formulated by Harvey Sachs, offers a revolutionary approach to the study of social phenomena, based on detailed analysis of naturally occurring everyday interactions. While remaining closely related to Harold Garfinkel’s ethnomethodology, conversation analysis shows (...)
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    Police and Public Funerals.Peter Manning - 2015 - Russian Sociological Review 14 (1):9-43.
    Durkheim and his followers alerted us to the role of collective representations such as funerals, processions and parades in pre-literate societies. These classic studies, elegant and detailed, have stood the test of time. Goffman has asked whether these events, along with memory and tradition, produce social solidarity in the twenty-first century. Perhaps social solidarity is enacted by such events, rather than reflecting norms, values, and beliefs. If so, how is this new kind of solidarity accomplished over the course of these (...)
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    Public Opinion Surveys From Democratic Retrospective and Perspective. [REVIEW]Alexander Nikulin - 2015 - Russian Sociological Review 14 (1):291-298.
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    How Autoethnography Works.Dmitry Rogozin - 2015 - Russian Sociological Review 14 (1):224-273.
    The aim of the article is to reveal the modern autoethnographic approach to social research. The review of publications edited since the beginning of the 2000's has shown that autoethnography works as a planned, well-structured confession correlating with the outside world. The essentially open and uncompromising representation of each detail in the author’s personal story related to the subject matter, alongside with his/her shift away from neutrality and organized skepticism in respect of the research issue, establish the principles for an (...)
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    Vasily Ivanovich Leshkov and His Theory of the “Social Law” as an Attempted Alternative to the “Police Law”.Andrei Teslya - 2015 - Russian Sociological Review 14 (1):203-223.
    University of Moscow Professor Vasily Leshkov constructed a theory of “social law” in the 1850s to provide an alternative theory to “police law”. He intended to go beyond the opposition between private and public law. Following German legal scholars,. He described the sphere of “social law” as a “foundation for self-governance”. At the same time, Leshkov distinguished between political and non-political publicity, and thus showed the compatibility of self-governance with autocracy. His numerous publications in influential Russian magazines indicate the increasing (...)
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    Conservatives in Search of the Future. [REVIEW]Andrei Teslya - 2015 - Russian Sociological Review 14 (1):274-285.
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